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R.I.P. Jim Duffy

Longtime TV animation director and producer Jim Duffy passed away Friday night after a long bout with cancer. Duffy spent much of the last 20 years at Klasky Csupo supervising many of their Nickelodeon shows, particularly Rugrats – directing more episodes of that series than any other artist. He was Creative Producer and Director of Aaaahhh, Real Monsters, Rocket Power, As Told By Ginger, and All Grown Up. Before that he’d worked at Hanna Barbera and Marvel on various shows including Captain Planet, Smurfs, G.I. Joe and Jem.

According to his website, Duffy was born in the USA and grew up in London UK. He has been involved in the production of around 400 half-hours of animated TV series, commercials, and National Coal Board Safety Films as a director, animator, producer, writer, tracer/painter, storyboard artist, and/or designer. He has directed 3 shows nominated for Humanitas awards, two of which won. He’s also been awarded 3 Emmys out of 15 nominations. His personal films have been shown at festivals in Oberhausen, Tours, Nyon, Lucca, Bilboa, Zagreb, and Annecy.

On Facebook, Chuck Swenson wrote:

“Jim Duffy passed away last night at 3:15 am. On the good side, he went peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family. He was truly a good friend and a good man. To say he will be missed is a gross understatement.”

  • Mike

    Ah, my childhood is indebted to you, Jim! Rest in peace, good sir.

  • That’s sad to hear. I watched alot of the shows he worked on.

    My condolences.

  • AC

    Another idol from my childhood falls. RIP, watching Klasky-Csupo cartoons on Nickelodeon were a big part of why I’m an animator today. :-(

  • James Madison

    Sad news.


  • Julio Villarreal

    It is very sad when a great talent passes away. Especially when we have enjoyed their work so much for so many years. I pray that he is at peace and my deepest sympathy to his family.

  • My prayers go out to Mr. Duffy’s family. I enjoyed watching Smurfs, G.I. Joe, and Captain Planet. Thank you for the wonderful work that you have created. RIP.

  • Jim Duffy gave me my first TV storyboard assignment in 1985, the pilot ep of a Marvel show called GEM, for which I was hopelessly miscast and woefully out of my depth… It was the only time I met him, but he was incredibly patient, funny and good natured, which made the freelance ordeal livable as scripts, locations, character races, ages and genders changed on an hourly basis.. Most of what I turned in was reworked by more veteran hands but some things made it into the actual show, to my surprise… The whole thing was more or less forgettable, except for Jim’s humor and kindness, which I will always recall…

    Len Glasser always speaks highly of Jim as a person and as an animator. Having met him and having seen some of their collaborations, i agree on both counts.

    Rest in Peace.